Acer's solution for causal computer users can also work as an HTPC
While Sapphire is still working on its own E-450 powered Edge HD3 nettop, Acer has already started selling such a computer based on AMD’s high-end Brazos APU, which is now available from Amazon for $329.99 (251 EUR).Introduced in the company’s Revo line, the PC bears a strong resemblance to the rest of the company’s nettops, but this time it received a somewhat more refined design that won’t make it feel out of place in the leaving room, near your HDTV.
Moving past its looks, the Revo RL70 is powered by an AMD E-450 accelerated processing unit, which sports dual Bobcat x86 processing cores clocked at 1.65GHz and Radeon HD 6320 integrated graphics, featuring some impressive multimedia capabilities.
What this means is that the little 18W chip that is installed in the RL70 is fully capable of decoding Blu-ray video as well as other Full HD movie formats, no matter the bitrate used for their encoding.
On the storage side of things, Acer’s creation comes with a 500GB hard drive pre-installed, which is housed inside the case together with 2GB of DDR3 system memory, according to TechPowerUp.
Despite the small size, the Acer nettop comes with a wide variety of ports and connectors, including a pair of jacks for plugging in a mic and headphones, four rear USB 2.0 ports, two frontal USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, as well as with VGA and HDMI video outputs.
A multi-format card reader, WiFi connectivity and an S/PDIF audio output round up the specs list, the only thing missing being USB 3.0.
If these specs sound good to you, then you should know that the E-450 powered Revo RL70 is available right now from Amazon for $329.99 (251 EUR).
The Acer system comes complete with a keyboard and mouse, so everything needed to get it up and running is included inside the box.